150 Creative Elf On The Shelf Ideas For All Ages

Creative Elf On The Shelf Ideas

The Elf on the Shelf extravaganza is in full swing! Brace yourself for four weeks of the mischievous little guy setting up camp in your home. If the mere thought of this responsibility stresses you out, worry not!

We’ve got your back with a collection of funny and easy Elf on the Shelf ideas for each day of the season. Before we even finalized our Thanksgiving dinner plans, it’s time to shift our focus to one of our cherished traditions: The Elf on the Shelf.

Whether your Elf is a seasoned pro or a rookie, you’ll appreciate these fresh and easy ideas for the weeks leading up to Christmas. They’re quick, so parents won’t find themselves scrambling at the last minute.

So, when the elf makes its triumphant return, you’ll be armed with a repertoire of special Elf comeback ideas (we’ve even rounded up a list of those too). Let the festive antics begin!

150 Creative Elf On The Shelf Ideas For All Ages

Creative Elf On The Shelf Ideas
Creative Elf On The Shelf Ideas

Naptime Elf (Plus a Whole Month of Elf on the Shelf Ideas)

Elf taking a nap in a tissue box

Napping in the Tissue Box (by Still Playing School)

Math Whiz Elf

elf climbing on an abacus

Climbing an Abacus (by Craftulate)

Twister jumper!

Elf and friends playing Twister

Playing Twister by Inspiration Made Simple

Handyman Elf

Elf doll changing the oil on a toy car

Changing the Oil (by Your Modern Family)

Toy Parade

Elf doll riding on a toy dinosaur

Leading a Dinosaur Parade (by Simple As That)

Sneaking Candy

Elf sticking its head in a bag of M&Ms

Eating Chocolate (by i Heart Naptime)

More Potty Humor

toilet covered in wrapping paper

Gift Wrapping the Toilet (by Hip2Save)

Bubble Trouble

Elf blowing bubble with gum

Chewing Bubble Gum (by a Sparkle of Genius)

Christmas Light Zip-Line

Elf zip-lining on Christmas lights

Zip lining (by Rachel Swarthy)

Magic Door

Elf on the Shelf doll with tiny pretend Christmas cookies

Arriving Through His Magic Door (by Make Life Lovely)

Pineapple Pen Elf

pineapple pen and elf

PPAE Pen Pineapple Apple Elf (by Life Should Cost Less) 

Gift Exchange

Elf doll with barbies

Having a Doll House Gift Exchange (by Artsy Fartsy Mama)

Elf on the Shelf Dunk Tank by This Mama Loves

Elf on the Shelf Photo Booth by This Mama Loves

Elf Flying in Underpants from Mama Cheaps

Elf Repairing Car from Frugal Coupon Living

Tied up on the Train Tracks from California Unpublished

Elf Igloo from Domestic Femme

Car Wash for Elves from Keeper of the Cheerios

Elf Drinking Coffee from The Keeper of the Cheerios

Elf Hiding in the Fridge from I Heart Nap Time

Camping Elf from Creek Line House

Missing the North Pole from Advent Elf

Journaling Elf from Mama Cheaps

Playing Operation from Frugal Coupon Living

Stinky Time of Year from Advent Elf

Piggy Bank Burglar from Simple as That

Clownin’ Around from Elf on the Shelf

Racing to the Finish Line from A Small Snippet

Elf Meets Darth Vader from Lisa Stout Photography

Super Elf from Busy Kids Happy Mom

Elf and Barbie on a Date from Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Sack Race from Stacy Molter Photography

Elf Doctor’s Note Printables from Living Locurto

Quarantine Elf with Free Coloring Printables from Living Locurto

Elf Hides in the Silverware Drawer from Busy Kids Happy Mom

Elf Brushing Teeth from A Small Snippet

 Advent Box Elf on the Shelf from Artsy Fartsy Mama

Shaving Elf from A Small Snippet

Magic Elf Dust Printable from Sweet C’s Designs

Elf Taking a Bath from Pickle Head Soup

Spelling with Cheerios from Simple Parent

Drummer Elf from Frugal Coupon Living

TPing the Christmas Tree from Simply Organized

Peaking at Christmas Presents from Snapshots of My Life

Time Out Elf from Frugal Coupon Living

 Elf Pea’d from Advent Elf

Minion Bananas from California Unpublished

Printable Elf Joke Cards from Over The Big Moon

Naughty Elf from Helen Kent

Grinch Tied Up from I Think We Could Be Friends

Elf Photoshoot from Living Locurto

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